We had the pleasure of celebrating the upcoming arrival of Baby Rosenberg on Saturday. We hosted a tea-time shower for Julie at Ouisie’s Table and had a fabulous time.
Before the shower, Julie, Nel, and I kicked things off with blow-outs at the Styling Bar in Rice Village. I had never been before, but I had always wanted to go. It was a really neat experience, although getting your hair blown out and styled during the hot and humid Houston summer is always dangerous – it could work, or just work temporarily. Mine worked temporarily, although at worst, my hair was super soft after the treatment. That’s a win.
Theme: While there was no official theme for Julie’s shower, we incorporated girly, pink, floral, and tea-time elements into the event. Once we fell in love with the perfect invitations from Minted, all of the other details fell into place.
Location: We selected Ouisie’s Table as the venue because, well, it’s wonderful. In addition to having delicious food and drinks, the restaurant is beautifully styled, customer service is great and the restaurant offers floral and cake services in-house (in fact, if you have an event and want a cake and/or flowers, you must order in-house). We were in Alsey’s Nest, just off the garden.
Food: When planning our event, we chose food items off the “tea service” menu. Julie and I had a food tasting six weeks before the event and we had a hard time narrowing things down. We ended up picking a mix of passed appetizers (caprese skewers, spring rolls, stuffed mushrooms and mini chicken fried steak on biscuits) and family style entrees (tea sandwiches, fruit plates, veggie plates, dip, and cheese plates). I was very disappointed that they forgot to serve the meatballs I ordered. Good thing I remembered and had some to take home.
Drink: We offered waters (still and sparkling), iced tea and Ouisitea (lemonade and tea).
Cake: We had a delicious white cake with lemon curd filling. I had the florist add flowers to the top of the cake.
Flowers: Keeping with the girly theme, we gave the florist free-reign to make beautiful centerpieces with pink, yellow, orange, white and purple flowers. My only parameters were no baby’s breath, tulips or carnations.
Decor: We kept it simple with decor. In addition to flowers, we had an “It’s a Girl” banner (from Emerson Sloan) and a few pictures framed from Julie and Ian’s gender reveal. Laura L also made gorgeous cookies that served as decor at each place setting. Julie also gave each guest flavored popcorn as a party favor.
Games: We played two quick games – we really wanted to keep it simple in this area. We played “guess how many” chocolates were in the vase and a fun baby word scramble. It’s always fun to see how competitive folks can be about these games.
We had a really fun afternoon celebrating Julie. One of the real highlights was watching Julie open her gifts – her face is so expressive.
We love Julie so much and can’t wait to meet Baby Rosenberg. I can’t believe I will have another beautiful niece in a matter of weeks.